Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Birmingham and the Black Country.
Focus on July - Birmingham and Solihull
July marks Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month, where people across the country come together to raise awareness of cancer within ethnic minority groups. 13% of people living in the UK describe themselves as belonging to a BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) group, with the number living in England and Wales alone expected to rise to 20% by 2026. Uptake of cancer screening is generally lower in BME groups than from the White population, with many unaware of the services available to them. Macmillan’s ambition is to reach out to all people affected by cancer and ensure they are aware of the support that it provides.
Ravinder Wouhra, from Sutton Coldfield, went through her own cancer diagnosis in 2013 and turned to Macmillan for support. Now one of the charity’s volunteers, she has used her experience to help others.
‘I have been volunteering for Macmillan for nearly three years now and my role mainly started with fundraising for coffee mornings. Since then I have gone on to do various things for Macmillan. I was a case study for the Not Alone Campaign when the isolation box came to Birmingham last year and I am now trained as a Buddy as part of the volunteering scheme, enabling me to directly support people affected by cancer in my local area.
‘When I was going through my own cancer diagnosis in 2013, Macmillan was there to support me. Being Asian myself it was sometimes hard for me to get the support that I needed and I am determined to turn my experience of breast cancer into a positive, especially encouraging women from the Asian community to come forward before it is too late.
‘I feel a lot of Asians do not come forward, preventing them from being diagnosed much earlier. There is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about with cancer. If I can stop breast cancer from being such a taboo in some communities, it might make it easier to bear. By talking to others you are also ensuring they are aware of any changes in their bodies,’ she said.
During her cancer journey, Ravinder called the Macmillan Support Line.
She said: ‘Having cancer can be very lonely and at times you can feel isolated. The support line was a huge comfort for me knowing I could pick up the phone from home and speak to someone, especially if I was emotional.’
Now providing support to others, Ravinder describes her role with Macmillan as wonderful, friendly and awesome.
‘I get to meet some amazing people and above all I get so much satisfaction that I have helped or put a smile on someone’s face. It makes volunteering the most rewarding experience,’ she added.
Macmillan’s Support Line provides an interpretation service of over 200 languages. Just state, in English, the language that you wish to use when you call. If you need information, support or just a chat, call us on 0808 808 0000 Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm.
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I am the Area Fundraising Manager for the Birmingham and Black Country region and together with Emily, Louise and Eloise, we make up a team absolutely dedicated to supporting as many local people and businesses with their fundraising as we can. My job is a great one, I get to meet so many inspirational people, doing incredible things for Macmillan. Of course, there is always more that we have to do to be able to continue to support the increasing number of people affected by cancer, and with your help, we will be able to do so. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, you're amazing.
I am the Fundraising Manager for North Birminghamand the Black Country. My first position in fundraising 5 years ago was with Macmillan as a Fundraising Support Assistant. Since then I have worked at a local children’s hospice and an autism charity and gained a great understanding of the local area.
I am really excited to be working for Macmillan again, this time with a greater knowledge of fundraising and experience of working with a variety of supporters. Over the years I have worked with many local businesses, community groups and individuals supporting them to achieve their fundraising goals.
I’m really excited to get out and meet the supporters in my area and see all the fantastic things people are doing to support Macmillan.
I am the Fundraising Manager for Central and West Birmingham and Black Country West, think of the three corners of the area being Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton and then all the bits in between! I have been with Macmillan almost two years and love the variety of the day to day work. I’ve worked in fundraising since graduating, originally working in London before coming to the West Midlands a few years ago. My colleagues describe it perfectly, every day is different and we speak to such a wide range of people it’s amazing to hear our supporters stories. No one should face cancer alone and I’m very proud to work for a charity that does so much to help people affected by cancer.
Liz Sheils is the newest member of the fundraising team and is looking forward to meeting our fantastic supporters.
Hi, I’m Liz Sheils and I’m the Fundraising Manager for North Birmingham and the Black Country. I joined Macmillan in May 2015 and I have loved every minute so far!
Before joining Macmillan, I worked for Cancer Research UK as a Fundraising Manager in Worcestershire. At CRUK I had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies and supporters, and enjoyed helping to organise events from fashion shows to coffee mornings. Before this I was a Store Manager for years in a large retail chain, and gained lots of experience of managing teams and working with the public in a fast paced environment.
However, after having been very poorly with a bone tumour in my shoulder, I decided that I wanted to change careers and do a job where I know I can make a difference to people affected by cancer, and here I am! I love meeting the amazing people who support Macmillan, and still wake up every morning feeling so lucky to be in such a fantastic job that means so much to me.
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